The founder of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has challenged Nollywood actress Halima Abubakar to have her case against him heard in court.
The cleric, who said through his attorney Dr. Abdul Mahmud, said the actress should file a defense to a N1 billion damages suit brought against her in order to subject the alleged charges against him to legal scrutiny.
The attorney in Abuja claimed in a statement that the actress had “unjustly attacked, maligned, and defamed” his client with the objective to extort money from him.
He promised that the clergy will obtain justice in court for the actress’s slander of his persona.
Mahmoud noted that the actress was sued for N1 billion in damages by the FCT High Court in Abuja as a result of the actress’s constant libelous assaults against Suleiman.
“Before filing the action, we served the aforementioned actress with a Letter of Cease and Desist on behalf of our client, but she continued to make unrelenting and slanderous assaults on our client.
“In accordance with the court’s directive, substituted serving of court documents was publicized in a national daily.
“The claimed actress or her attorney did not appear before the court on the return date of March 27, 2023.
The hearing was consequently postponed to June 6 and 7, 2023 for a formal hearing of his client’s lawsuit, he explained.
According to Mahmoud, the actress’ Instagram account and a national daily both publicized the hearing notice for the case’s scheduled hearing on June 7 in accordance with the court’s directive.
“During the two days the court has in its discretion assigned to our client in its docket, we are prepared to open and close the case for our client.
“We will pursue and prove Halima Abubakar’s claims for damages as the clown of the circus that passes for the court of public opinion on social media and the queen of the pity party, and we will expose her lies about our client;”We will.
She also claimed that the pastor had sex with her when she was bleeding and that she had conceived three times for him but miscarried each time.
The clergy asked the court to force the defendant to issue an apology for her fraudulent accusations in the lawsuit before Justice Enobie Obanor.
He also asked the court to order Halima to pay for the dissemination of the defamatory words on all internet platforms and the removal of all links.
Suleman also requested N1 billion in aggravated and exemplary damages for libel, along with a permanent order preventing her from publishing the offensive remarks in the future.
In addition, he asked that Halima be forced to pay N20 million in court costs.